International Certificate of Competence (ICC)

SailTime is now able to offer the International Certificate of Competence Assessment (ICC). This certificate is often required as proof of competency for bare boat charter in Europe and North America.


Learn more about our Crew briefing – joining your boat, living on board and what to bring.


Minimum 4 hours

Previous Experience

This is an assessment course and assumes you have previous experience. You will need to be familiar with the ICC rules and requirements and to assist with this all students receive prior to the course a copy of the RYAInternational Certificate of Competence Handbook which explains the ICC in great detail – what it is, why it came about, who it applies to, and the requirements for all boaters to obtain one.


Assumed Knowledge

Basic boat handling and navigation

Minimum Age


Ability after The Course

Provide European and North American charter companies with the International Certificate of Competence to operate bare boat charter vessels.


*Special Introductory Price $465 incl gst


$350 if conducted on your own boat


Course Content



1. Knows responsibility for keeping a proper lookout

2. Can determine a ‘safe speed’

3. Can recognise a potential collision situation

4. Can identify ‘give way’ vessel in a collision situation

5. Knows what action to take as ‘give way’ and ‘stand on’ vessel

6. Knows responsibilities of a small vessel in a narrow channel

7. Can recognise manoeuvring signals (1.2.3 & 5 short blasts)

8. Can make and recognise visual distress signals



1. Start

• Give safety briefing including use of safety equipment

• Has listened to weather forecasts

• Pre start engine checks

• Start engine

• Check cooling

• Knows fuel range


2. Depart from Pontoon

• Understands use of springs to depart from lee wall/pontoon

• Communicate with crew

• Position fenders correctly


3. 360° Turn in Confined Space


4. Securing to Buoy

• Communicate effectively with crew

• Prepare warp

• Choose correct angle of approach

• Control speed of approach

• Secure boat effectively

• Depart from the mooring safely


5. Man Overboard

• Observe MOB or instruct crew to do so

• Demonstrate correct direction and speed of approach

• Make suitable contact with MOB



6b. Handling Under Sail [if appropriate]

• Sail triangular course with one leg to windward

• Choose suitable area for hoisting/lowering sails

• Use sails suitable for prevailing conditions

• Show awareness of wind direction

• Trim sails correctly on each point of sailing

• Warn crew before manoeuvres

• Look round before tacking and gybing

• Control sails during tacking and gybing


7. Coming Alongside Windward Pontoon

• Communicate effectively with crew

• Show awareness of other water users

• Prepare warps/fenders

• Choose correct angle of approach

• Control speed of approach

• Stop boat in place required and secure to pontoon

• Stop engine




1. Knows rules relating to Traffic Separation Schemes

2. Knows requirements for navigation lights and shapes to be

displayed by own vessel

3. Can recognise the following from the lights: Power driven, sailing

vessel, vessel at anchor, tug and tow, fishing vessel, dredger

4. Knows sound signal to be made by vessels as in Q3


1. Can recognise, by day and night, and understand significance

of buoys of the IALA system

2. Knows sources of information on: local regulations, port entry

and departure signals, VTS and Port Operations Radio

3. Can plan a harbour entry/departure, taking account of possible

presence of large vessels and avoiding navigational hazards


Course Dates And Locations

ICC assessments are run throughout the year on a time and day to suit the participants. To organise a time and date for your assessment please either email us at or call us on 1300 944 974 or complete a request for assessment form and we will get back to you.